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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cleaning Stuffed Toys with Baking Soda?

Recently I came across an article that stated a ton of uses for baking soda. One that caught my eye was about using baking soda to clean favorite stuffed toys - you know, the kind that might fall apart if you wash them in a machine?

The theory is that baking soda is made of completely inorganic materials. Definition? Nothing that was ever alive is an ingredient of baking soda, it is actually something that can be mined from the earth! Because of this, many claim that the inorganic material "sticks" to any organic material, and pulls it out of whatever you are trying to clean. I decided to test this out myself on my son's favorite stuffy, Simba.

I was more than a bit skeptical about this. If baking soda worked so well to clean stuff like this, why haven't I heard about it sooner, and why have I been paying the dry cleaner?!? I gathered together the materials I needed to clean Mr. Simba: a 1/2 cup of baking soda, a towel to catch any spills, a plastic grocery bag, and a rough cloth to wipe the baking soda off with.

"Cleaning" the stuffed animal with this trick was as simple as sticking Simba in the bag with the baking soda, and then shaking him around for about half a minute. Afterwards, I pulled him out and began to wipe at him with the towel. I can say that I was more than a little surprised at how well it seemed to work. The dirt came off with the baking soda in most of the places, and he smelled a lot better too! I think after seeing this I will probably go through and "wash" a few more of my son's stuffed animals this way.

What do you think? Have you ever used baking soda or heard of using baking soda in an original way? Let me know about your experiences or tell me if you have a theory you'd like me to test out!

Watch the video here of Simba getting his baking-soda bath:


  1. I clean my baby toys with simple dish soap but I must try the method with the baking soda! Thanks a lot for sharing these ideas here!Cricklewood Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  2. Does this remove all of the dirt? I have a stuffie but he's got some dirt that just won't come off no matter how much I scrub it, and his little white hat is all dingy.

    1. If you have a tough spot of dirt that won't come out, I would try giving the baking soda bath first, and then making a mix of the baking soda and either a bit of water or club soda to make a paste. You can scrub the paste into any leftover dirt with an old toothbrush (gently!) to try and remove the stain. Let it sit until it dries and then brush it back off with the toothbrush. Hopefully this will be enough to remove the stubborn dirt, but if it does not take it off then the fibers may be stained - in that case you would have to take a tactic that is specific to whatever type of stain it is to fully remove it. Thanks for commenting & hope this helps!

  3. I am glad I am not the only one inspired to use toxic-free products for everyday cleaning. I think there are enough toxins surrounding us and we need to eliminate the ones we can. Thanks for the great advice!

  4. As long as the child is interested in and engages with their toy, they are learning and improving some skills they may lack. toycoast pink stuffed elephant